Saturday, October 31, 2020
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CREW Is Planning A Mutiny On Rudy Giuliani

Well, well,well, this could get fun. Bueno quick. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a formal complaint against one Rudolph Giuliani in the Southern District of New York, specifically for violations of the federal Hatch Act. And the way they’re doing it has the potential to shine a bright and uncomfortable spotlight as much on Attorney General William “Fudgesicle” Barr as on the Ghoul man himself. Briefly for those not immediately familiar with it, the Hatch Act is a federal law that prohibits federal employees in engaging in overtly political activity while on the federal clock. It is normally administered as a civil matter, and new federal employees go through training on avoiding violations of the act. The reigning Ma Barker of Hatch Act violations is White House counselor Cruella de Conway. KellyAnne has been spanked for everything from pimping First Brat Ivanka’s awful clothes from the White House press briefing room to making negative statements about Joe Biden, as well as other Trump political opponents from the White House driveway. There have been several formal complaints against her, but the White House simply refuses to acknowledge them and act. And while most violations of the Hatch Act are in fact accidental, and are civil violations, there is another, criminal clause to the act. The Hatch Act prohibits the use of any congressionally authorized funds, or government goods and services for any purpose that advances a purely political partisan agenda. This is the heart of the criminal complaint that CREW filed against Giuliani. The logic is simple, and the case already basically proven. Trump has already admitted that he sent Ghouliani to the Ukraine to much around to get the investigations into the Biden’s. Congressional testimony in the impeachment hearings proved that Giuliani repeatedly threatened to withhold the congressionally approved defense funds until the Ukrainians announced the investigations. As congress and approved those funds, and Giuliani threatened to withhold them for a purely partisan political reason, that’s an open-and-shit violation of the criminal portion of the Hatch Act. This is going to be an immense pain in the ass for Trump, Barr, and the DOJ for a number of reasons. First, the case is already largely proven by testimony and evidence already in the record. Second, as Rachel reported earlier this week, a month ago, Tubby the Ewok sent out an internal DOJ memorandum that any new or existing investigation touching on the Ukraine in way way is now required to be run through a special attorney’s office in the Brooklyn office for approval and oversight. This complaint is once again going to shine a bright white hot spotlight on Trump and Barr’s insistence on interfering with federal investigations that concern Trump or his close associates. But by far and away, the biggest problem is going to be CREW itself. CREW is one of the premier government watchdog groups around. They’ve been at it for a long, successful time, and they have an incredibly loud public megaphone. CREW already publicly announced the filing of the complaint today, and you can bet El Rancho that they are going to very loud and insistent as this process moves on. They’ll monitor the progress of this complaint closely, and at the first unsavory whiff of White House or DOJ interference […]

The “Deep State” Exposed

deep state noun 1.a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy:“the deep state and its policy of allowing extremist ideologies to flourish may be the actual issues of concern” Donald Trump is a “true believer” in the evils of the “deep state.” Why? Because Donald Trump is a delusional, paranoid asshole, leading a greasy horde of other delusional, paranoid assholes. And the easiest way for him to explain to his brain dead base of followers his complete, pathetic inability to get anything done, is to claim that is is all a “deep state” cabal of government employees, working secretly to defeat him from accomplishing his greatness. Obviously this is a case of gibberish of a world class order, the stuff of madness. But when it comes to Trump, what if, lets just say what if, Trump is right, and there is a group working actively against him to defeat his evil whims? But not quite the evil cabal that he keeps insinuating that it is? What if, rather than advancing some sinister, ill gotten plan from a bunch of villains hell bent on ill gotten means, there is a “deep state,” but working for some other, less diabolical purpose? On her show last night, Rachel Maddow talked in some detail about the letter that more than 2000 previous Justice Department employees had signed, demanding the resignation of William “Monkey” Barr. In that same letter, they advised current Department of Justice officials to resign their posts if all else fails, and to make the reasons for their sudden departures public. In other words, as Rachel put it, “To make a stink.” She followed that up by relating how officials in the Washington DC US Attorney’s office had related to reporters that the criminal investigation into the possible lying of Erik Prince to congress were ongoing. This is odd, since nobody had thought much of that investigation since it was started as a result of a congressional request more than a year ago. This was followed by the revelation to reporters, this time from the Southern District of New York that the criminal investigation into former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani was ongoing, even after the end of the Trump Impeachment. Why put that out there now? Is it possible that this is actually the work of the nefarious “deep state?  But what if, instead of some insidious group of insurgents, trying to foul democracy for a nefarious purpose, the “deep state” is actually a group if committed US government employees, standing up in support of their oath to the constitution? What if, instead of attempting to kill democracy in it’s sleep, they are trying to protect it? Look, the investigations into Prince and Giuliani aren’t state secrets, they were announced shortly after they were initiated. But, with the whirlwind of the Trump impeachment investigation, the articles of impeachment, and the trial, they have moved to the back burner and been largely forgotten. What if some employees in the know in the Washington Sc and the Southern District of New York’s US Attorney’s offices have heard some rumblings that these investigations may be taken over by Barr, and quashed? What if those employees are sending out veiled signal flares, reminding […]

Impeachment Dynamic Changing Fast: Ernst Joins Romney Over Procedure

Not to sound too self-important, but it was only four hours ago that Romney came out with his statement that he wanted to hear from John Bolton, and we noted that Romney’s move will create a safety lane for other Republicans, the ones hanging on the edge, thinking about jumping SS Trump. Now Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is saying that she wants Mitch McConnell to start working with the Democrats. Via Rawstory: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is another endangered Republican running for reelection in 2020. She joined with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) in complaining about the process of impeachment unfolding in the U.S. Senate. In a Politico report Monday, Ernst told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) it was time to start working with Democrats instead of against them. No wonder the Russians are busy hacking the shit out of the Ukrainians. They better get moving. McConnell might want watch-out, because I sense a jail-break coming if just a couple more Republicans join with the Democrats in pushing back against McConnell’s sham. Two more will mean there are 51 senators – a majority – opposed to McConnell, something he is not used to. The remaining Republicans will have to assess whether they want to stay in the minority, or join the people seeking the truth. As we said earlier, a bet on the McConnell-Trump side is a bet on being able to manage the unknown into the future. I would hate to be Lindsey Graham, having argued his toff off about the giant hoax, suddenly having to explain how it was that anyone could be so adamant about anything when Trump was guilty as figs the whole time. Everyone get ready, because things are changing fast. The dynamic will look entirely different in two days. If you think Trump’s insufferable rage was running over to this point, you haven’t seen a thing yet. The scales are tipping, and I think that Twitter best add some extra wings to carry the load that is coming. Ernst has placed her bet, and decided it was best to suffer the rage, rather than the alternative. **** Peace, y’all Jason and on Twitter @MiciakZoom    

CNN: Trump Increasingly Aggravated, and Obviously Agitated

Given that I can’t think of a bigger Grinch, or anyone with less holiday spirit, it is fitting that reports everywhere indicate that Trump is “aggravated” over this most “wonderful time of the year.” Certainly by his Twitter feed, it’s not hard to figure out that he’s agitated. Sounds just like the Christmas vacation he richly deserves, one full of pain and worry. CNN seems to specialize in documenting Trump’s fury: “President Trump is growing increasingly agitated spending time here in Mar-a-Lago with this extended state of limbo surrounding the Senate trial. The president wants to have his symbolic day in court and he wants to have the peace of mind of knowing that a trial date is coming. But Democrats are showing no signs of backing down, or that the trial date is in the near future.” He wants his symbolic day in court because he’s counting upon unanimous Republican support for acquittal, especially if done quickly so that no “new” evidence breaks. It is not the “trial date” that would give him peace of mind, so much as knowing that the investigation will be over. At least, that is my best guess. It is ironic that Trump is furious that he’s the one hanging in limbo. He is in this position because he attempted to create a situation where Biden would be accused, yet never get a “day in court,” nor any peace of mind. Trump tried to force Ukraine into “announcing an investigation.” Such an announcement would have placed Biden in permanent limbo. “In the meantime, here at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump has been quizzing allies and aides about who should present his defense to the Senate,” she continued. “There are a lot of unanswered questions about the White House’s strategy for that Senate trial. The only certainty at this point is that Pat Cipollone, the White House Counsel, is likely to present the bulk of the president’s defense during the trial. There could be some other White House officials involved in that.” Personally, I think Trump should present his own defense. Who could possibly defend him with more passion, intellect, and ruthlessness than Trump himself? Who knows more than him? Go for it, Biff. It is not unusual for there to be a lot of unanswered questions about the strategy for a trial (senate or otherwise) when there is no strategy at all. I am sure Pat Cipollone is a fine attorney, but this is the type of proceeding where you want highly experienced trial lawyer. The best trial lawyers eat witnesses, chew them, and spit them out. They then become the most charming individuals in existence when it comes time to convince the jury. I don’t see any of those types on Trump’s team, quite possibly because they cost a lot of money. Anyhoo, it is quite apparent that Trump is aggravated, as he’s desperately trying to bother Nancy Pelosi on Twitter: Nancy, this just doesn’t seem right! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2019 *I cannot help myself. Notice the “Communism is real” caption on the original tweet? Does the MAGA-head tweeter believe that such disparities in wealth are the product of communism? It seems to me that huge wealth disparity is a specialty of unchecked and unregulated capitalism. We move on. The […]
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Critical New Email Increases Pressure On McConnell to Call Witnesses

As I have written previously, internal White House emails obtained late Friday night by the Center for Public Integrity show that someone in budgeting in the White House ordered the Pentagon to put the money congress appropriated to Ukraine on hold, and to keep quiet about it, just 90 minutes after the phone call between Trump and President Zelensky. Per Raw Story: “Given the sensitive nature of the request, I appreciate your keeping that information closely held to those who need to know to execute the direction,” Michael Duffey, a Trump-appointed senior official with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), wrote in a July 25 email to Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker and other Trump administration officials. “The perfect call” doesn’t quite jive with “given the sensitive nature of the request.” Does it? Keeping the information “closely held” to those people who need to know to execute the direction seems to practically shout that they knew they were engaging in something without legal justification, negating any talk about a “perfect call.” Of course they knew they were engaging in “extra-legal” affairs, as stated in the article: As CPI national security editor R. Jeffrey Smith wrote Friday, U.S. law mandates that “once Congress appropriates funds—like the Ukraine assistance—and the president signs the relevant spending bill, the executive branch must spend those funds.” Yeah, the United States is funny that way. If the president could change his mind mid-stream and divy out funds (or not) based on new conditions he personally places upon recipients, that ends the republic, period, and it’s not coming back. I am not exagerating. if such behavior is tolerated, then why even have Congress go through all those wasted motions? The President can just do what he wants at the end of the day anyway. They damned well knew they were not just operating illegally, but against everything this divided government stands for. “A president cannot simply ignore Congress’ direction, no matter how inconvenient or unappealing that instruction might be,” Smith noted. “If funds are withheld or shifted elsewhere, this cannot be done in secret, and Congress must approve.” The moment he does is the moment that Jeffersonian democracy dies. This is why it all mattered, and it didn’t take Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Colonel Vindman to convince the people within the Trump administration that it mattered. They knew what they were doing was wrong. You can see it in the emails, you see it in what they were trying to hide. And that, ultimately, is why witnesses from within the White House are needed in this impeachment trial. Now that this email is out, Schumer has something to pound home: “What were they hiding?”….“This email is explosive. A top administration official, one that we’ve requested, is saying ‘stop the aid’ 91 minutes after Trump called Zelensky, and said ‘keep it hush-hush.’ What more do you need to request a witness?” Which, obviously, is a great point that will never be answered because “hiding” is the entire point. “If this is a perfect conversation, if this is [an] OK action, why are they trying to hush it up?” Because the only thing “perfect” in the conversation was the perfect extortion directed at President Zelensky and Ukraine. Trump knows it, Mulvaney knows it, McConnell knows it, the House Republicans might have sensed […]
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Things Come Undone, Shocking Behavior on the Sunday Morning Shows

Down South, Sunday morning means church. But throughout much of blue America, it means the New York Times, the farmers’ market, and Sunday talk shows, the period during which the news is analyzed, not made. Today revealed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the nation is coming undone. Where to begin? How about Fox News, where none other than Sith Stephen Miller decried the coup instigated by those anti-American Deep Statists against the greatest president to bless this nation. Up with this, even Chris Wallace would not put: Via CrooksandLiars: “This is a deep state operative, pure and simple,” Miller charged. “People who haven’t been in the federal government, who haven’t worked in the White House may not appreciate this but the situation is you have a group of unelected bureaucrats who think that they need to take down this president.” “Enough with the rhetoric,” Wallace shot back. “Let’s talk about some specific facts in this.” Done? Nyet. “How about answering my question?” Wallace interrupted after Miller tried to avoid the topic. “I understand,” Miller replied. “I understand that you have your question, I have my answer.” “It’s a non-answer at this point,” Wallace observed. Well, alrighty then. It must be frustrating to be the Trumpiest of the Trumpers, go on Trump TV, only to get one’s ass grilled for brunch. Over on CNN, yet another Trump apologist got ridiculed by known liberal Democratic-Socialist Bill Kristol, not at all happy that Trumper David Urban refused to actually answer a question, preferring instead to focus upon meany Adam Schiff and his “made-up” story about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. “Pathetic” Kristol labeled the attempt, as the two began shouting over each other: via Rawstory: After Urban frantically attacked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for reading a parody of the highly redacted transcript of Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine, Kristol said he was making too big of a deal about it in order to deflect from the president’s criminality.”This is pathetic,” Kristol began only to have Urban yell over him and what followed was a quick-paced back and forth. “This isn’t about the chairman [Schiff], it’s about the president of the United States,” Kristol charged. “Will you defend the president’s behavior? The real transcript?” Short answer? No. “You think President Trump’s behavior was proper?” Kristol demanded. “Is it proper for Adam Schiff to read something,” Urban attempted, which Kristol dismissed as unimportant. To be real clear, this particular “always-Trumper” believes the real scandal is Schiff’s characterization of the transcript, and not the obvious illegalities within the transcript. Once respectable Republican Lindsey Graham demonstrated that he either continues his descent into madness, or is having an increasingly difficult time fulfilling his role as the wholly compromised U.S. Senator in charge of covering for all things felonious Trump. Lindsey wonders why we haven’t yet heard from all the witnesses and are going forward on “hearsay,” apparently forgetting that Trump admitted to the gist of the charge, and also banking on Trump supporters’ inability to understand the words “impeachment investigation.” Also via Rawstory, from Face the Nation: “The complaint sounds like a legal document,” Graham insisted. “Who helped this guy write it or this girl write it. We are not going to try the president of the United States based on hearsay. […]

One Man Can Seal Trump’s Fate in 2020

We interrupt your Labor Day Weekend to bring you some news that will make the lemonade tarter, cooler, and sweeter than me. So, sit right up here and let me throw some southern comfort on ya’. One guy is tossing around an idea that could make it near impossible for Trump to win the general election. Trump’s chances at reelection look bleaker by the day. In recent polling, Trump had double digit deficits to every major Democratic candidate. Additionally, these damning polls do not even factor the damage about to be done through the fall, as more and more evidence comes forth about Trump’s taxes, financial entanglements, and (please, god) possible explanations for Trump’s obvious subordination to Vladimir Putin. Yes, things do indeed look grim for Trump. What could possibly make it worse? A challenge from the Right, one not susceptible to being snuffed out in a Republican primary. This challenge would come in the general election, a viable Libertarian candidate, a mainstream one, one with the ability to bleed Trump of 5-10% (or more) percentage points. The man could take Trump’s chances from slim down to none, especially in contested states, think Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, or … Michigan. Meet Justin Amash, the Republican-Libertarian Congressman from Michigan. Per the Daily Beast: Rep. Justin Amash’s political future has been the subject of intense fascination and interest in Republican circles these days. After his call to impeach Trump and his subsequent exit from the GOP, the libertarian congressman from Michigan has attracted tons of buzz over a possible run for president as a third-party candidate. See that? Third party candidate, he will be face to face with Trump, vying for that Republican/Libertarian/overall conservative vote. Amash will not get a single vote that might otherwise go to an Elizabeth Warren. But he could drain considerable votes from Trump, enough to hand the White House to the Democratic nominee, in a wipe out. Unlike other Trump challengers, Amash would not be competing against him in a primary. The damage he could inflict, instead, would come in a general election contest, where a conservative alternative to the sitting president could, potentially, pull away some Republican votes in key states. But there is a sense that he will need to announce soon in order to make a bid count—most likely by the end of the year. Amash has some credibility with the “Trump-weary” crowd on the Right. He is the one Republican elected official, a Congressman, who has come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry. Republicans rewarded Amash’s bravery by showing him the door, or Amash left the party, whichever story you believe. But, being a current elected member of Congress, Amash has legitimacy that the average Libertarian candidate lacks. Traditionally, there has been suspicion of Republicans who cross over to run as Libertarians, but the party’s last two presidential standard-bearers—former Gov. Gary Johnson and former congressman Bob Barr—were once formal Republican Party officials themselves. And thanks to Amash’s high profile and ideological pedigree, some in the Libertarian Party anticipate that the congressman could pick up significant support among the party’s rank-and-file shortly after launching a campaign. Most importantly, it would be a voice from the Right arguing that Trump is not competent to hold the job, a voice that has READ the Mueller report, leaving such […]

Wow, Fox News Refusing to Allow a Trump Lie to Stand: Calling Him Out

It is easy to sit back and be all cool about shit, and talk about the rubes who watch Fox News, and the stuff they want to believe so badly that they talk themselves into it. I do challenge people, however, to consider the impact upon you if you unknowingly throw yourself into a highly professional propaganda machine. Propaganda is a well-studied science and no one does it better than the Russians, and their nationalist far-right sympathizers. For that precise reason, it matters when Fox News refuses to back a Trump lie. Indeed, one of Trump’s latest was such whopper that even Neil Cavuto admitted he didn’t even know “where to begin” to debunk the lie. First, the lie, as reported by Huffington Post: Trump on Friday told White House reporters that “the tariffs are not being paid for by our people” but “by China” because “of devaluation and because they’re pumping money in.” “Remember this, our country is taking in billions and billions of dollars from China,” the president added. “We never took in 10 cents from China. And out of that many billions of dollars, we’re taking a part of it and giving it to the farmers because they’ve been targeted by China. The farmers, they come out totally whole.” Do you understand macro-economics? I do not. But, I listen to people who DO understand economics, and I find it straightforward when they explain that the cost of tariffs are simply passed directly on to the consumers. Okay, that makes total sense. Evidently, making sense is important enough to Neil Cavuto that he will – on rare occasions – call Trump out on the lie: “I don’t know where to begin here,” responded Cavuto, who on Wednesday entered into a war of words with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs about the government deficit under Trump. “But just to be clarifying, China isn’t paying these tariffs. You are. You know, indirectly and sometimes directly,” he explained. “It’s passed along to you through American distributors and their counterparts in the United States that buy this stuff from the Chinese and then have to pay these surcharges. Not the Chinese government or China in particular.” Yes, do note that it was Lou Dobbs’ show in which Cavuto appeared, and certainly note that dangerous and never-to-be-sufficiently-damned Lou Dobbs will carry the water for Trump, regardless of the truth. But anytime there is an “argument” at Fox News about Trump, you can bet that over half of Fox’s audience knows it’s due to water finding its way through “truth cracks” in the propaganda dam. The audience may not “care,” they might “immunize” themselves from the truth by not caring, but they do hear it. I find that important. As I noted in a previous article, breaking Trump is about breaking the mystique. The mystique pervades most strongly in the cable propaganda set up specifically to propel him forward. If Fox tells their viewers that Trump lied to them, on any one thing, it makes that voter/viewer more wary of the next lie. And this is not some “meaningless” lie. This is about money in that American’s pocket. If that voter visits Walmart tomorrow and notes the shoes “seem” more expensive than expected, there will be a part of their brain that entertains the possibility: “Am […]

Rob Reiner, Robert DeNiro Are Taking The Mueller Report To The People, Via A...

This is fighting fire with fire, and it’s a brilliant notion. The activist’s activist, Rob Reiner, says that zero people have read the Mueller report, including the *resident of the United States, and that if they would do so, they would see that it’s “loaded with criminality.” So Reiner put together a short video with […]
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Believe it or not, there’s somebody even more worried about Mueller than Trump.

You know, Der Gropinfuror really should stop calling it a “witch hunt.” At last check, small as it is, Trump still had a teenie-weenie, so he really should be referring to Mueller’s investigation as a “warlock hunt.” There’s no doubt about it, Robert Mueller is the #12 reason for soaked bed sheets in the Presidential bedroom, following incontinence. And I don’t blame Trump one little bit. After all, if Ruday Fhouliani and Jay Suckulow were my last line of defense against Robert Mueller, I’d be scared shitless too. But believe it or not, there is one person in Washington DC who is even more terrified of Robert Mueller than The Cheeto Prophet is. And that man is Mitch McConnell, Trump’s last, best chance of getting out of this mess with his ass unscathed. In McConnell’s case, it is perfectly admissible for him to use the phrase “witch hunt.” And that’s because, starting on January 3rd, Nancy Pelosi is going to be leading the coven, and that woman has one mean ass broomstick.Not only does McConnell no longer have a complaint co-conspirator leading the House, what he has instead is an opponent who knows the game and arcane rules every bit as well as he does, and she has a largely unified caucus behind her. “Bubble, bubble, toila d trouble,” asshole. The real problem for McConnell isn’t just that the Democratic led House committees are going to be holding fair, honest investigations, it’s that the ungrateful little bastards are going to hold them publicly. And it won’t be just Trump-Russia either, they’re going to be digging into Trump’s emoluments clause violations, Jared’s financial ties to the middle east, Trump’s ties to Saudi Arabia, Ivanka’s sweetheart patent deals with China, the list goes on and on. and Democratic House committee members will be overjoyed to go on CNN and MSNBC, and explain what it means to the rest of us in simple, easy to grasp terms.Which sucks for McConnell, because while, our bombastic rhetoric about “family values” notwithstanding, Americans have always been rather ambivalent about their President getting a little on the side, we still tend to draw the line at our President selling out the country to stuff his pockets. The 2018 midterms were McConnell’s worst case of night terrors, because of what it portends for 2020. Nevermind the House debacle, McConnell has worse smelling fish to fry. The Democrats posted record turnout numbers nationwide in a midterm, and thrashed the GOP by some 8 million votes. They flipped seven Governorships in 2018, including ruby red Kansas, putting upward pressure on any GOP incumbents running in those states. Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are now blue states again, and North Carolina, Georgia and Texas are not going to be the walkovers they once were. The biggest problem GOP Senate incumbents face in 2020 is whether it’s worse to piss Trump off, and have him back a primary challenger from the right, or let him come and campaign for you, especially in states with large urban areas with adjoining former GOP suburban strongholds. Look, the GOP was solidly behind Nixon, right up to the point where it became untenable to do so. Forget about Trump-Russia for a minute. Trump is not only dishonest enough, he is sloppy enough to have left the democrats in the House a cornucopia […]

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